Saturday, December 3, 2011

Seeking God in Prayer

Seeking God in Prayer

If God knows my needs why do I have to pray about them? The answer: You are in a relationship with God. Relationships require communication between the individuals involved. Prayer is conversational and our Father longs for us to be in conversation with Him. Not to mention prayer gives expression to our faith. It reveals our trust and dependency on and in God.

This passage also reveals a process to our communication with God. We are instructed to ask God questions as well as to ask Him about our needs. There is a huge difference between asking and telling God about our situations and needs. The process of prayer is not about presenting a list of all our wants and needs to God as if He were Santa Claus. Rather than looking at the process of prayer as a linear list to follow I think this passage reveals that asking, seeking, and knocking is what happens when we are having an intimate conversation. It also reveals a tenacity to clearly understand what the Father has to say about our needs and concerns. Today as you seek God in prayer ask Him to speak to you about your needs and concerns. Seek to know His heart better. Continue to probe and knock on the door until you clearly know and have intimately shared as well as received direction that inspires Godly confidence and reveals Godly wisdom as it relates to your needs and concerns.

Ask, Seek, Knock!
Matthew 7:7-11 ESV

7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!